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Barry Town United
Jenner Park, Barry
Barry Town United is a supporter-owned community football club, with a dual purpose of continuing over a century of senior football in Barry at Jenner Park and giving the town’s youth opportunities to progress.Senior football has been played in Barry since the late 1800s, where a host of teams using the Barry name battled for regional supremacy. In 1892, a club named Barry District was formed and began a decade of football under various names and at numerous grounds in the town. Notable players who featured during this time included Ted Vizard and Billy Jennings; both would play in the famous ‘White Horse’ FA Cup Final of 1923.
In November 1912, a meeting at the Windsor Hotel (still standing in Holton Road), saw townsfolk choose to pursue membership of the thriving Southern League, as Barry AFC. The populous of Barry also contributed significantly to the building of Jenner Park, with the first match on 6th September 1913 against Mid-Rhondda United. A crowd of over 4,000 saw the home team win 2-1 and the ensuing seasons would see the likes of Stoke, Coventry and Brentford visit the new ground. Unfortunately, it would not be long before the Great War interrupted competitive games; with Barry AFC captain Jim Wightman among many casualties of the conflict.1920-21 proved to be a season of landmark success, as Barry AFC’s “wonder team”, led by keeper, manager and secretary Bill Bowen, won the Southern League’s Welsh Section; despite playing over 100 games in all competitions. It was hoped this success would lead to membership of the Football League, but Charlton Athletic and Aberdare Athletic were elected instead.
Barry AFC continued within the Southern League set-up. Among the players of this era were Johnny Gardner (500+ appearances), Dai Ward (300+goals) and Fred Whitlow (100+ goals). Meanwhile, Barry born, Ernie Carless combined football in Barry with a successful cricketing career with Glamorgan. At the end of the decade, a crowd in excess of 6,000 at Upton Park saw Barry AFC beat Dagenham 1-0 to progress to the FA Cup 2nd Round, where they lost to Brighton & Hove Albion. Barry AFC would reach the 1st Round again in 1935-35, losing out to Northampton Town. The build- up to the game had been interrupted when a fire ravaged the grandstand.
Football took a back seat again in 1939, with the onset of the Second World War. During this period, Barry AFC’s Chris Mason became a POW, but returned to Jenner Park after the war to resume his football career. After World War II, those that had played as Barry AFC became Barry Town AFC; with players such as Derek Tapscott, Stan Richards and Gwilym “Cannonball” Cain joining the cause. In the 1949-50 season, Jenner Park became one of the first grounds in the country to introduce floodlights, with Newport, Swansea and Cardiff all visiting to showcase the facilities. Two seasons later, an all-Welsh showdown in the FA Cup 1st Round saw Barry Town outclassed by Newport County 4-0. Nevertheless, the town’s most celebrated footballing achievement was right around the corner. In May 1955, after a 1-1 draw at the Racecourse in Wrexham, Barry Town beat Chester City 4-3 at Ninian Park to lift the Welsh Cup for the first time. Former Chelsea midfielder Charlie Dyke scored the winner, with a dramatic late free kick.
In the late 1950s, a host of Scandinavians made their way to Jenner Park and dazzled the locals with their skills. Among their number were Finnish star Hannu Kankkonnen and IFK Gothenburg legend Bengt ‘Fölet’ Berndtsson, a member of the Sweden squad that reached the 1958 World Cup Final. Another FA Cup 1st Round appearance came in 1960-61, when QPR visited Jenner Park. A crowd of 7,000+ almost witnessed an upset, but Laurie Sheffield’s goal for the home side was cancelled out late on. QPR won replay comfortably days later. There was little success in the 1960s and 70s, but a host of personalities, including Ken Gully, Clive Ayres and brothers John and Dickie Batt are remembered fondly at Jenner Park.
In 1982, Barry Town would leave the Southern League, focusing on Welsh League competition and winning 6 Welsh League titles before the decade’s end; thanks in no small part to the goals of Steve Williams and the grit of long-serving Ashley Griffiths and Bobby Smith. The biggest match in Barry all decade came on 17 Nov 84, where 3,850 crammed into Jenner Park to watch Barry Town v Reading in the FA Cup 1st Rd. Despite Ian Love‘s goal, an injury-time winner by Trevor Senior was enough to send the Royals through. 1989 saw a return to England, as Barry Town entered the Southern League’s Midland Division. They would consistently finish in the top six. However, the creation of the League of Wales in 1992 prompted a decree that Barry Town would no longer be able to compete in the English pyramid from their Jenner Park base.
Barry Town orchestrated a way for the team to continue in England; playing as ‘Barri’ out of Worcester City’s St. George’s Lane. An original sign from the ground has recently been salvaged and brought to Barry. The exile though would last only one season; O’ Halloran performed a u turn that saw Barry Town accepted into the Welsh League Division One for the 1993/94 campaign. In 93/94, Barry Town won a domestic quadruple, earning promotion to the League of Wales and winning a famous Welsh Cup Final against Cardiff City at the National Stadium. The building of a brand new stand at Jenner Park followed a first League of Wales championship in 1996; thus enabling the ground to host European matches that autumn. In 1996 after winning their opening tie in Latvia, Barry Town beat Budapest Vasutas on penalties at a packed Jenner Park to progress to the 1st Round proper of the UEFA Cup. Their opponents were Aberdeen and classic battles at Pittodrie and Jenner Park ensued. Sadly, O’ Halloran had passed away months prior.
In 2001, Barry Town won in Azerbaijan to set up a UEFA Champions League qualifier with FC Porto. After being trounced 8-0 in Portugal, Peter Nicholas’ side won 3-1 at Jenner Park. However, this golden era would not last forever, and Barry Town were relegated from the League of Wales in 2004 after going into administration. A most turbulent period would begin, and prospects for Barry Town looked bleak until the appointment of Gavin Chesterfield as manager in the summer of 2007. In 2012/13, after years of steady progress, Chesterfield’s Barry Town team enjoyed Welsh Cup success once more; progressing to the semi-finals, losing 2-1 to eventual winners Prestatyn Town. This resurgence was halted when the owner of Barry Town AFC Ltd. withdrew the team from the Welsh League less than a month later. However, the supporters, who had been operating the football team for several seasons, outlined their will to continue fielding a side in the Welsh League, with the same players and manager. In August 2013, the High Court granted them entry to Division Three of the Welsh League - ensuring that the colourful story of Barry senior football could continue, this time under the new name of Barry Town United.
In its 1st season in Division 3 the Club gained promotion to Division 2 scoring over 100 goals. The success continued in 2014-15 with the winning of the 2nd Division Championship putting the Club back into Division One just 2 years after being withdrawn from it, a remarkable achievement.
A young and talented player who is showing much promise. Callum is skilful and strong young man who is destined to play at a higher level. Callum is highly regarded in Welsh League and will be one to watch out for in the future.
Great shot stopper with excellent agility and leadership qualities. Dan has over 350 games in the Welsh League for our Club. He is our longest serving player.
Paul is a popular and enthusiastic full back and another local boy. Paul is a former Newport County youngster who has developed into a great full back at the Club and is now a regular starter for the team.
Lee is a local lad and son of former Welsh League title winner Neil. Lee has also played for Sully Sports in the SW Senior League. Lee has over 130 appearances for the Club.
Lewis is another local lad who has come through the youth system. He has made over 230 appearances in the Welsh League. Lewis is the son of Coach and former player Mike.
Ryan has established himself as a first team centre back and is a player who counts Ely Rangers as a former Club. He spent the summer of 2014 playing in Virginia. Ryan has played over 120 games for the Club.
James previously played for Ely Rangers and is highly thought of at the Club, so much so that he has been Captain for the past 3 seasons. Has already made over 190 appearances in the Welsh League for the Club. James is also a Welsh Futsal International.
James returned to the Club in Jan 14 after playing at Taffs Well and Rhoose. He is a great goal scorer and adds pace to the team. James is yet another local lad at the Club. James was player of the round twice in the FAW Welsh Cup last season after scoring 5 goals against both Aberdare & Denbigh.
Troy is a quality player who has previously played for Merthyr Town and Newport County. He has quickly slotted into the Manager’s idea of playing and a lot is expected of Troy.
TJ played for near neighbours Caerau (Ely) and has also played for Ely Rangers. Strong, skilful with great close control and pace. TJ is a huge favourite with the fans. TJ missed a lot of the past few seasons thru’ injuries and its great to see him back playing. Recently scored his 50th goal for the Club.
Jordan returned in Aug 15 to the Club after a season at Ely Rangers and Caerau Ely. Scores and creates goals.
Drew signed for the Club in July 15. His previous Clubs include Dinas Powys, Port Talbot, Bridgend Town and Rhoose FC. Drew is a pacy forward who also scores goals.
Callum signed for the Club in Nov 15 but his appearances have been limited due to injuries. Tall and powerful, Callum will become a great addition to our team.
Louis joined the Club from Caerau Ely in Jan 16 and proved an instant hit with the fans. He is a strong and aggressive midfielder and also scores goals.
Luke signed for the club in July 2016 having spent a few seasons at Caerau Ely and a brief spell at Taffs Well. He was a member of Caerau Ely’s championship winning side. Luke is a Welsh University international.
Tyrrell is a former apprentice at Cardiff City. He counts Haverfordwest County, Caerau Ely, Afan Lido, Carmarthen Town and Taffs Well as former Clubs. Signed in July 2106 and already impressing supporters with his speed and strength.
Chrisjoined the Club in July 2016 after playing at Merthyr Town last season. Chris is a former Taffs Well player who has impressed during pre season. He will be a great addition to the squad.
Formerly with Swansea City, Afan Lido and Carmarthen Town. Mike joins us after playing for Aberystwyth Town in the WPL. Mike is an experienced keeper who will be a great addition to the squad.